Nathan Chen Fails to Medal in 2018 Olympic Men's Singles Competition

Yuzuru Hanyu during his routine

It is the first time Japan win gold and silver in men's figure skating.

American skater Nathan Chen told The Washington Post he saw a silver lining in the bear-shaped rain cloud.

His routine set to Chopin's Ballade No.1 earned him 10 points more than the one he led the short programme with in Russian Federation four years ago.

It was almost enough to pull off one of the great comebacks in Winter Games history, from 17 place to the podium, but Chen's incredible climb ended in fifth place Friday night (San Diego time).

Nathan Chen from the United States skating champion landed six quadruple jumps in at a stretch.

And a special medal is warranted, it seems, for his fight in vaulting from 17th to fifth in the final standings on a performance of incomparable courage.

"I think after having such a disastrous short program and being so, so low in the ranking - lower than I usually ever am - it allowed me to completely forget the results and focus on enjoying myself out on the ice", Chen said, "and getting rid of expectations helped a lot".

Hanyu's sensational performance in the short program, where he scored 111.68 points, meant he was favorite to win gold. The only question that remained was one of stamina.

Yuzuru Hanyu didn't disappoint 127 million Japanese and other devotees to a slender flash on the ice who has elevated men's figure skating to stratospheric heights. Arguably with the best skating skills in the field, Chan started his program with a clean quad-toe jump, hit a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, but under rotated and fell on his triple Axel.

But skating fans are firmly on Team Pooh.

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According to the report, the first medal of the winter Games was the American speed skater Charles Gutro who won the 500 meters at the Olympics in Chamonix on 26 January 1924.

"I haven't had many good jumps here". Chen finished 5th, Zhou 6 and Rippon 10.

When his routine ended the skater was showered with toys of the English bear. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell tweeted Chen early Saturday morning to thank him for representing Team USA and Salt Lake City, Chen's hometown. And wearing a delicately beaded blue top that evoked a bird's feathers, he made the ice his canvas in a thematic program set to Coldplay's "O (Fly On)", about a bird with a broken wing taking flight.

"I just need to go over everything I did well and wrong", he said, via E. Jay Zarett of NBC Sports.

Making the performance even more disappointing was that it came just after Hanyu, the reigning Olympic champion, effortlessly landed both of the quads in his program.

Zhou staged his own heroics with a five-quad program to music from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack. He earned a season's best of 197.66 in the long for a total of 305.24.

The number of quads, skating's most hard jump, executed in the free skate final topped the 50-mark - something that would have astounded Button.

"I'm very happy that I skated with no elements I wasn't satisfied with", said the 23-year-old.

But on the final night of the competition, Chen produced the performance of his life to fall just short of the medals.


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